Developer: Pixycle
Price: $0.99
Version Reviewed: 2.0
App Reviewed on: iPhone 5

iPhone Integration Rating: ★★★½☆
User Interface Rating: ★★★★☆
Re-use Value Rating: ★★★☆☆

Overall Rating: ★★★½☆

Many iOS users may remember Pixycle’s original Tripnotes app. While it was off to a great start, it had a a few missing features that kept it from excelling. Pixcyle has listened and developed a new and updated travel app known as Tripnotes 2.

Tripnotes 2 is an app that allows users to organize and track their travels and activities all in one location. With this handy app iOS users can plan their destinations, figure out how to get there, and then create an itinerary of things to do upon arrival. It’s perfect for users who travel frequently or anyone going on vacation.

The app’s redesigned interface makes it easier than ever to use. Just tap on the plus button located in the upper right corner to add a new trip. A new screen will pop up to let users add all the details about the trip such as how they are traveling, the departing and arriving city and the date and time of the trip.

tripnotes 3tripnotes 2Adding activities to the trip requires the same process. Just tap the Planner tab and search for places to add. Tripnotes is integrated with Foursquare so users can see ratings and opening hours to make planning a little easier. Users can also view the phone number, address, and website of a location and even share it on social media. After everything is added, just tap on the Today button to scroll through the planned activities.

Perhaps the best feature about Tripnotes 2 is that it saves everything offline. Users won’t have to be connected to the internet to view their planning data.

Tripnotes 2 is a simple app that isn’t packed with a lot of clutter. Its minimalistic design and easy-to-use interface makes it a breeze to store trip notes in one location. The disappointment for some is that it still isn’t feature-rich, which means users who want and need more may wish to explore other similar apps. While the addition of Foursquare is a great start, it needs to offer users more to stand out from the free apps that are available – like the ability to make reservations, weather for destinations, and syncing with calendars. Additionally, ratings and hours for places aren’t available for every location which can be frustrating at times.

Tripnotes 2 is a basic travel app that does what it promises. The app has provided some improvements over the original. It seems reliable and fast, and certainly is better than using pen and paper. For the price of less than one dollar, it’s well worth exploring if one does not already have a travel app on the home screen.

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